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U Card Office Crookston

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What are the components of my U Card?

   Your U Card is your official University of Minnesota photo ID card, and much more! While your role code, seven-digit ID    number and photo are all part of the visual identification on your U Card, it also uses magnetic stripe and Smart Chip    technologies to open secure doors and more!


  1. University role code indicator (student, staff, faculty, etc.)
  2. Student ID/EmplID Number (7 digits)
  3. Photo
  4. U Card Number (17 digits)
  5. Cardholder Name
  6. Library Numbers
  7. Issue Date (Your U Card never expires!)

  8. Smart Card Number (use for prox door access)
  9. Magnetic Strip (library & card numbers, etc.)
  10. Signature Area


1) University Role Code Indicator (student, staff, faculty, etc.)
The University assigns cardholder roles of which there are thirteen different role codes. They are student, affiliated student, visiting student, faculty, retired faculty, staff, affiliated staff, retired staff, academic staff, affiliated academic staff, retired academic staff, visitor, and regent.

2) Student/EmplID ID Number
A 7-digit number assigned to you by the University.

3) Photo
A picture is taken of each cardholder and printed on the front of the U Card for identification purposes. It is electronically stored and can be used in other cases only with the cardholder's express written consent.

4) U Card Number
U Card numbers are unique numbers assigned to individual cardholders. They are also referenced by TCF Bank when a U Card is used to access an ATM with TCF U Card Checking.

5) Cardholder Name
Your legal name. (Contact OneStop or your HR representative regarding name changes.)

6) Library Numbers
These numbers are used by University of Minnesota Libraries to access and check out library materials.

7) Issue Date
U Cards have issue dates, the date the U Card was issued to the cardholder, and not expiration dates. Your U Card itself never expires because it may have banking, or other services associated with it. For this reason, never turn in your U Card at termination of employment or class or use as collateral. Individual service providers (e.g., the library, UDS, etc) determine when you can no longer use your U Card for their services.

8) Smart Card Number
The U Card has a chip imbedded in it that's used for proximity door access. The orange number at the top correlates with the chip that when programmed with a door reader, allows proximity door access.

9) Magnetic Stripe
The U Card's top magnetic stripe can be swiped to access your online account and other electronically stored information in order to verify cardholder information, door access, ATM access. It has a high coercivity and should be kept away from magnets and other card's magnetic stripes as it could demagnetize them. The higher coercivity means that it is difficult to demagnetize the U Card's magnetic stripe, however, machines using magnetic fields such as MRIs or CTs could damage the U Card's top stripe.

10) Signature Area
The area in which you sign your U Card.


Confidentiality Statement:
Personal information is kept secure and confidential at the U Card Office. Outside parties are not privileged to personal or account information unless express consent is granted or the University of Minnesota must comply with legal or government agencies.